Big Bad Wolves 

Wolf conflicts are coming to a head across Idaho just as the process to remove them from the endangered species list gets under way.

A hunting guide shot and killed a wolf he said was harassing his livestock in a hunting camp on the upper Lochsa River in the Clearwater Region on Sept. 25. The death is being investigated by the Department of Wildlife Services.

Federal law allows outfitters on public lands to kill a wolf to protect livestock without prior permission, but the outfitter must be able to prove the attack and report the kill within 24 hours.

Wildlife services were able to confirm that wolves killed five ewes on Horse Heaven Creek northeast of Idaho City in the Boise National Forest on Oct. 12, as well as a calf on Oct. 7 just west of the Sheridan Reservoir near Kilgore.

Wolves are also the probable culprits in a reported attack on a guard dog and in the deaths of two sheep on Bluff Creek near Fairfield. Investigators were not able to find enough evidence to make a definitive call.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, there are 788 wolves in 75 packs in Idaho, up from 674 wolves in 69 packs last year. So far, 36 cows and 150 sheep have been confirmed killes by wolves. To date, 40 wolves have been killed.

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